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Trump moves to ban foreign telecom gear

IANS  |  Washington 

US has moved to ban firms from installing that could pose a threat to national security, officials said, stepping up a battle against by effectively barring sales by Huawei, the countrys leading networking company.

On Wednesday, Trump issued an order instructing Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, to ban transactions "posing an unacceptable risk" but did not single out any nation or company, reported.

The order came amid an escalating trade war between the US and China, with the two sides imposing hundreds of billions of dollars of tariffs. Trump has accused the of unfair trade practices and announced increased tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods that went into force on May 10.

The order was "agnostic", officials said in a call with reporters, declining to single out as the focus.

"This administration will do what it takes to keep safe and prosperous and to protect from foreign adversaries" targeting vulnerabilities in American communications infrastructure, press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement.

But in a clear strike against Huawei, the separately announced on Wednesday that it had placed the company and its dozens of affiliates on a list of firms deemed a risk to national security.

The listing will prevent it from buying American parts and technologies without seeking approval.

"This will prevent American technology from being used by foreign owned entities in ways that potentially undermine US national security or foreign policy interests," Ross said in a statement.

The will also write the rules for reviewing transactions that fall under the order's ban over the next 150 days, according to administration officials.

The Department said it would work across the administration on the new rules, consulting with the Attorney General, and other agency heads.

The order, which applies only to future transactions, however did not detail how the Department will define foreign adversaries and establish criteria to ban from selling equipment to the US, reports

The executive action also did not address concerns by rural carriers that the order would hit them particularly hard. Some of them rely on equipment that already contains parts by and other Chinese

The development comes as American officials have warned allies for months that the US would stop sharing intelligence if they use and other Chinese technology to build the core of their fifth-generation, or 5G, networks.

The networks promise not only faster cellular service, but also the connection of billions of "Internet of Things" devices, such as autonomous cars, security cameras and industrial equipment, to a new

and officials have warned that Chinese firms will be able to control the networks and have expressed concerns not only that secure messages could be intercepted or secretly diverted to China, but that the Chinese authorities could order to shut down the networks during any conflict, disrupting American infrastructure as diverse as and

Huawei has denied those charges.



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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 11:18 IST